THE GUIDE TO YOUR WEEK
Another week, another guide to all that’s cultural in your community. Go forth and forage amongst the cornucopia of events taking place and find an eclectic mix of things to do in and around Surrey…
GUILDFORD JAZZ FEST / MARCH 20 – 22 / ELECTRIC THEATRE, GUILDFORD
Discover a range of jazz-inspired events at this year’s Guildford Jazz Fest, held at the Electric Theatre. Enjoy a whole weekend of music from leading UK jazz, Latin and funk artists, as well as listening to fascinating talks, taking part in singing workshops – and taking time out for a cream tea or two.
For more information, visit www.electric.theatre
KIRI PRITCHARD-McLEAN: EMPATHY PAINS / MARCH 20 / BELLERBY STUDIO, G LIVE, GUILDFORD
Multi-award-winning comedian Kiri Pritchard-McLean (Have I Got News for You, Live at the Apollo, 8 out of 10 Cats, Frankie Boyle’s New World Order) is back with her fourth full-length show. Previous shows have seen her tackle structural racism, sexism, child-grooming, adoption and emotional abuse, so what seemingly unfunny subject has she picked to turn into laughs this year? Chernobyl? The shrinking size of creme eggs? No: Empathy. Which sounds fine actually, but maybe not the way Kiri tackles it.
For more information, visit www.glive.co.uk
THE THREE MUSKETEERS: A COMEDY ADVENTURE / MARCH 20 – 21 / ROSE THEATRE, KINGSTON
Armed with a baguette and his questionable steed, accompany the courageous d’Artagnan on his quest to join the illustrious company of the Three Musketeers. Get set for a comedy adventure like no other, and be transported to the French countryside for an evening of nonsense. Produced by the award-winning Le Navet Bete, creators of the hit show Dracula: the Bloody Truth.
For more information, visit www.rosetheatrekingston.org
MAD HATTERS COMEDY BALL / MARCH 20 / THE FUZZY BEAR, WINDSOR
Go crazy and get mad at the Mad Hatters Comedy Ball taking place at The Fuzzy Bear in Windsor. Enjoy a G & Tea party with a range of gin cocktails to choose from, before sitting back and letting the hilarities unfold with a night of first-class stand-up comedy.
For more information, visit www.fuzzybearwindsor.co.uk
NATURE TOTS / MARCH 20 + 23 / WINDSOR GREAT PARK ENVIRONMENTAL CENTRE
For really wild kids, why not head for Windsor Great Park and take part in these Nature Tots sessions. This parent and toddler group is the perfect opportunity to play amidst nature in a safe and fun environment, with each session including outdoor activities such as bug hunting, mud digging and more.
For more information, visit www.windsorgreatpark.co.uk
JAY FOREMAN’S DISGUSTING SONGS FOR REVOLTING CHILDREN (AND GROWN-UPS!) / MARCH 21 / FARNHAM MALTINGS
For a truly hilarious and horrible afternoon of nonsense, join the award-winning musical comedian Jay Foreman as he sings silly songs and recites potty poems about all the most hideous and heinous things you can think of.
For more information, visit www.farnhammaltings.com
SIP & PAINT / MARCH 21 / CELLAR MAGNEVAL, WOKING
For a casual afternoon of culture, spend your Saturday afternoon from midday until 3 pm at this Sip and Paint event at the continentally-inspired Cellar Magneval in Woking. Sip from a wide choice of wines stocked behind the bar, and paint a beautiful piece with guidance from local artist Yana Lynch.
For more information, visit www.cellarmagneval.com
GRAYSHOTT FOLK CLUB: THE SIOBHAN MILLER BAND / MARCH 21 / GRAYSHOTT VILLAGE HALL
Winner of the BBC Radio Young Folk award, Siobhan Miller, arrives at Grayshott Folk Club with her band to play her unique interpretations of classic and contemporary folk songs. Support comes from former Grayshott residents Lyre.
For more information, visit www.grayshottfolkclub.co.uk
VOLKSWORLD SHOW / MARCH 21 – 22 / SANDOWN PARK, ESHER
Keen on the Camper? Big on the Beetle? Lovers of these cult classic motor machines should take note as Volksworld returns to Sandown Park, Esher. Expect a gargantuan amount of gasoline guzzling mean machines, trade stands, swapmeet tables, live music, VW entertainment and more, held throughout the course of this two-day festival.
For more information, visit www.volksworld.com
INDIAN COOKERY CLASS: YOUR FAVOURITE CURRIES / MARCH 21 / CHAKRA RIVERSIDE, KINGSTON
Learn from one of the finest chefs on the Indian restaurant scene, and join Executive Chef Satyabrat Jena for his monthly cookery classes taking place at Chakra Riverside restaurant in Kingston. This March spend the morning discovering how to make your favourite curries, before wowing friends and family, with your new-found culinary skills.
For more information, visit www.chakra.restaurant
BROOKLANDS MINI DAY / MARCH 22 / BROOKLANDS MUSEUM, WEYBRIDGE
Mad about your Mini? All types of Minis are invited to Brooklands Museum for the annual Mini Day Event, held in celebration of this mighty machine. From the oldest to the newest, catch some true automotive classics in action on Test Hill. In addition,there will be several stands selling memorabilia, parts and spares.
For more information, visit www.brooklandsmuseum.com
LOST IN MUSIC / MARCH 22 / THEATRE ROYAL, WINDSOR
Get Lost in Music and be transported back in time to the disco dancing sounds of the 70s. Relive some of the greatest songs of all time from artists such as Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, Earth, Wind & Fire, Sister Sledge and Chic, and lose yourself in a night of live music at Theatre Royal, Windsor.
For more information, visit www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk
FRIENDSICAL THE MUSICAL / MARCH 23 – 28 / YVONNE ARNAUD THEATRE, GUILDFORD
The hilarious parody musical inspired by the hit TV show Friends,Friendsicalarrives at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford for an evening of nostalgic nonsense. Follow Ross, Rachel and co. as they navigate life, love – and Richard’s moustache.
For more information, visit www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk
RHS SPRING FREE DAY / MARCH 24 / RHS GARDEN, WISLEY
There’s no sweeter sound than the word ‘free’when it comes to guiding you through the month’s roster of events. On 24thof this month visit the horticultural haven of RHS Garden, Wisley, free of charge. That’s right – zip. Zilch! Enjoy the seasonal delights of spring as the gardens begin to bloom brightly with a kaleidoscope of colour.
For more information, visit www.rhs.org.uk
LEE SCRATCH PERRY / MARCH 24 / THE BOILEROOM, GUILDFORD
The don-mega of Dub, the inimitable Lee Scratch Perry returns to The Boileroom in Guildford this March for a monumental night of reggae music and island vibes. This colourfullyinspirational octogenarian has been helping create and shape reggae and dub music since the 60s, and is still as culturally influential today as he was back then. Pull up and get set for an Irie night, dub-style.
For more information, visit www.theboileroom.net
BOOK GROUP / MARCH 26 / THE LIGHTBOX, WOKING
Love words? Love it when they’re joined together in cohesive sentences to form stories to stir the soul and inspire imagination? Chat to fellow fans of fiction and join The Lightbox’s monthly book group. March’s meet will discuss The Poet’s Wifeby Judith Allnat. No need to pre-book, simply join in with the conversation.
For more information, visit www.thelightbox.org.uk
DAVE KELLY BAND / MARCH 26 / EEL PIE CLUB, TWICKENHAM
For your fix of live music this March make your way to the Eel Pie Club, found at The Cabbage Patch Pub in Twickenham. With regular greats from the rhythm and blues world passing through the doors every week, this month join Dave Kelly, joint lead singer and founding member of The Blues Band. As he and his band perform, watch a living slide guitar legend in action.
For more information, visit www.eelpieclub.com
ALICE IN WONDERLAND THEMED TEA PARTY / MARCH 26 / TITHE BARN, LOSELEY PARK
Head down the rabbit hole at The Tithe Barn, Loseley Park, this month to join Meath Epilepsy Charity and Guildford Shakespeare Company for an Alice in Wonderland-inspired afternoon. Promising guests a deliciously curious selection of imaginative ‘eat me’ and ‘drink me’ treats, members of Guildford Shakespeare Company will be on hand to offer a fascinating insight into the life of Lewis Carroll, whose classic tale was inspired by his epilepsy. For instance, did you know that the sensation of ‘falling down the rabbit hole’ or of things appearing to shrink or increase in size is typical for a person experiencing a focal seizure? Don’t be late for this very important date with The Meath, and book your ticket today.
For more information, visit www.meath.org.uk
THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA / MARCH 26 – 28 / NEW VICTORIA THEATRE, WOKING
The Olivier Award-winning production ofThe Tiger Who Came To Teacomes to Woking’s New Victoria Theatre this month. Following a smash-hit West End season, the tea-guzzling tiger is back on the road in this delightful family show, packed with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos!
For more information, visit www.atgtickets.com
MOCK TUDOR COMEDY CLUB / MARCH 27 / RIVERHOUSE BARN ARTS CENTRE, WALTON
For your fill of the silly stuff this month make your way to Walton’s Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre, and get ready for a giggle or two at the monthly Mock Tudor Comedy Club. Enjoy sets from Danny Buckler, Jarlath Regan, Greg Burns and Yuriko Kotani.
For more information, visit www.riverhousebarn.co.uk
JONATHAN PIE: FAKE NEWS TOUR WARM UP / MARCH 27 / CAMBERLEY THEATRE
The seriously funny, no-nonsense newsreader Jonathan Pie is back this November. Frustrated, angry, and with a point to prove, look on as Pie attempts to host a night of serious discussions on current affairs, while simultaneously trying to smash the system from within. Join him for a night of political comedy that soon descends into chaos.
For more information, visit www.camberleytheatre.co.uk
MILTON JONES IN MILTON: IMPOSSIBLE / MARCH 27 – 28 / RICHMOND THEATRE
One man. One mission. Is it possible? No, not really. Join the ever-ambitious Milton Jones as he reveals the truth about being an international spy before he’s given a disappointing new identity which forces him to appear on shows such as Mock the Weekand Live at the Apollo. Nonsense by the sackful and deftly daft comedy awaits you.
For more information, visit www.atgtickets.com
EARTH HOUR / MARCH 28 / EVERYWHERE
Taking place at8:30 pm,Earth Hourhelps to raise awareness of how our actions are damaging the planet. Climate change is harming wildlife, oceans are being suffocated by plastic, and the forests and wild places which animals called home are being destroyed. Make a pledge to the planet, and switch it off for an hour this March.
For more information, visitwww.wwf.org.uk
INTO THE WOODS: PARENT & CHILD FOREST SCHOOL / PAINSHILL PARK, COBHAM
Taking place every Wednesday, parents and children can head to scenic Painshill Park for an afternoon of Forest School. From 1 pm – 2.30 pm, spend time in the great outdoors and take part in a range of really wild bushcraft activities in a fun and safe environment.
For more information, visit www.painshillpark.co.uk
SPONTANEOUS POTTER + SPONTANEOUS POTTER KIDZ / MARCH 28 / ELECTRIC THEATRE, GUILDFORD
For kids and big kids alike, fans of Harry Potter need to attend this Spontaneous Potter show at the Electric Theatre in Guildford. Receiving rave reviews at Edinburgh Fringe and now touring the world with their improvised comedy show you, the audience, throw your story suggestions to the stage and wait for the magic to unfold. Expect much laughing, much music, and a mighty fine afternoon of funny theatre. Choose from a Kidz show in the afternoon and an unadulterated take on the classic wizard tale in the evening.
For more information, visit www.electric.theatre
VICTORY TEA DANCE / MARCH 28 / WILFRID NOYCE CENTRE, GODALMING
Godalming’s LynchPin Productions presents a Victory Tea Dance to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WW2. From 4 pm – 6 pm, swing the afternoon away with live music from the fantastic Katie’s Crooked Swing Band playing the hits of the 1940s, and listen to actors reading first-hand accounts of the Spitfire Girls. There will be Victory tea, cakes and sandwiches, plus a cash bar, and the chance to win superb prizes from the finest local producers. And if you come in 1940s’ attire (or make-do-and-mend charity finds), you may win a prize for ‘smartest-dressed’!
For more information, visit www.lynchpinptc.co.uk
STEAM TOY RALLY / MARCH 28 / RURAL LIFE CENTRE, TILFORD
An event for children of all ages, step back in time and discover a world of steam-powered toys on display at the Rural Life Centre this month. A fascinating day out for the whole family.
For more information, visit www.rural-life.org.uk
BOLT ROUND THE HOLT / MARCH 28 / ALICE HOLT FOREST, FARNHAM
Raise money for local charity GUTS (Guildford Undetected Tumour Screening) and take part in the 12thannual Bolt Round The Holt, taking place at Alice Holt Forest near Farnham. Fun for the whole family, including Fido the dog, choose from a variety of races including a Half Marathon, 5k and 10k, a 5k and 10k canicross(with your dog), or let the little ones compete in their very own 1k race.
For more information, visitwww.nice-work.org.uk
SPRING FAMILY RACEDAY / MARCH 29 / ASCOT RACECOURSE
Free for under-18s, Ascot Racecourse’s Spring Family Raceday will make the perfect day out for the whole family this March. Enjoy the thrills and spills of top-class horse racing, alongside a range of countryside-themed activities for racegoers of all ages.
For more information, visit www.ascot.co.uk
PATISSERIE AT HOME – ARTISAN ECLAIRS / MARCH 29 / VICTORIA’S KITCHEN, WOKING
Cooking doesn’t have to be daunting. In fact, discovering how to create your favourite pastries may well liberate you and your waistline to the point of ultimate foodie freedom. If you fancy making something fancy why not pop along to Victoria’s Kitchen in Woking, and learn how to make artisan éclairs fit for the finest of Parisian patisseries.
For more information, visit www.victorias-kitchen.com
ONE NIGHT WITH ANTON & ERIN / MARCH 29/ DE VERE BEAUMONT ESTATE, OLD WINDSOR
Fancy spending the night with Strictly Come Dancingfinalist Anton Du Beke and his professional partner Erin Boag? Enjoy an extraordinary evening of dancing and dining at the De Vere Beaumont Estate and be treated to an experience like no other. As well a performance of their breathtaking ballroom showcase there’ll be a chance to learn how to dance, with a lesson from the stars. Fans of Strictlyshould get their tickets quick for a night to remember.
For more information, visit www.donaheys.co.uk
QUIZ NIGHT / EVERY THURSDAY / THE STOKE PUB & PIZZERIA, GUILDFORD
Exercise your mind at this super popular weekly quiz hosted by Mr Fame at The Stoke Pub & Pizzeria in Guildford. Grab a gang of your most erudite and earnest pals for a night of cranial competition accompanied by some sustenance in the form of pizza to fuel your way. Pre-booking online is essential to guarantee a table with proceedings kicking off at 8.00pm.
For more information, visit www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk
MOONLIGHT BOWLING / THURSDAYS – SUNDAYS / GUILDFORD SPECTRUM LEISURE COMPLEX
Get into the groove and head for these Moonlight Bowling disco sessions at Guildford Spectrum. Taking place from 6 pm until 10.30 pm, strike some neon pins, accompanied by the latest dance-floor bangers.
For more information, visit www.guildfordspectrum.co.uk
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